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Plant Details

Iva frutescens

Marsh-Elder, High Tide Bush, Jesuit's Bark

Scientific Name:

Iva frutescens

Common Name:

Marsh-Elder, High Tide Bush, Jesuit's Bark

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

greenish yellow

Bloom Time:

late August - September - October - November

Bloom Area:

Coast

Growing on the edge of the saltmarsh

Aptly named, High Tide Bush grows at the edge of brackish marshes. Jack Spruill has found it to be even more salt-tolerant than Baccharis halimifolia.

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead, Aug 25, 2009

In bloom

The flowers are inconspicuous, hidden by the leafy bracts.

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Jack Spruill, Hampstead, Aug 25, 2009

Jack Spruill - I have tried to expand some plantings by using green sticks pushed into the same type habitat, but had no luck. Since it produces so many seeds, maybe that is its main means for expanding its range.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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